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Horizon Campus facilitates research on Herbal Medicine

The Faculty of Science at Horizon Campus facilitates the undergraduates to conduct scientific experiments and research projects enriching their knowledge and expanding their skills providing a solid pathway to become professional experts in the field of Biotechnology. Hands on experience gained in our laboratories, fosters a strong commitment to the research projects, further promoting problem solving skills, analytical thinking and team work. Therefore, Horizon Campus ensures the development of skills and attitude of the undergraduates to excel in the relevant field with confidence. Thus, they will be nurtured to become academically proficient and socially confident citizens with emphasis on character building and industry internship to supplement their future endeavours.
The multi –disciplinary character of Biotechnology program offered by Horizon Campus in collaboration with Nilai University, Malaysia, provides graduates with employment opportunities in research and development, quality control, clinical research, manufacturing and production, quality assurance, marketing and sales, information systems, academia as well as administration. The disciplines range from biomedicine, agriculture, tissue culture, molecular biology, pharmacology, forensic science, food science, bio informatics and environmental science.
Research methods and design is a module which helps undergraduate students to select appropriate research design and field or lab methods for dissertation research. The course provides a review of the research design process and will result in each student developing his/her research proposal. Research projects help undergraduate students to undertake a project related to biotechnological methods exposing them to the systematic approach in carrying out a scientific research. Under the guidance of a supervisor, the students will continue to plan and carry out intensive research work followed by documenting and analyzing the results leading to publications and submission of comprehensive research report.
The laboratories at Horizon Campus have the capacity to conduct the experimental and research components in cooperated in the curricular of Diploma and B.Sc. (Hons) in Biotechnology programmes. The array of subjects with a major practical component includes Applied Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Plant Tissue culture, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Bio processing and Environmental science.
Research projects related to Natural products chemistry are also being carried out at Horizon Campus. The staff members are highly involved in supervising research projects in relevant fields of expertise, extending their contributions to the society. Furthermore, laboratory facilities will be expanded to transfer the practical know how to society, promoting entrepreneurship. Recently, a very successful workshop was conducted by Prof. Sriyani Peiris and her team, on Tissue culture techniques including low cost method, mainly focusing on pineapple cultivation. Our next strategy is to upgrade all laboratories to facilitate postgraduate research projects in collaboration with local as well as foreign universities.
Plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. In the early 19th century, when advanced chemical analysis became available, researchers were able to extract and identify the active ingredients of plants. Majority of most versatile pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanicals. The use of herbal supplements has increased dramatically throughout the world, over the past decades.
Horizon Campus continuously encourages research in different fields specially aiming the betterment of society and economic growth of the country. Financial support is also provided for undergraduates to publish and disseminate their findings. Recently, an abstract submitted based on the research project focused on herbal medicine carried out by one of the undergraduates (Ms Tarinija Gopalakrishnan) of Biotechnology Program, supervised by eminent academics, has been accepted for an oral presentation in the International Conference on Drug Discovery & Development 2017.
Title : Investigation of antibacterial activity against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and selected pharmacological properties of “panchawalkala”: an ayurvedic formulation
Author: Tarinija Gopalakrishnan Co Authors: Dharmaratne M.P.J, Pieris R.M. and Wanasekara L. Address : Horizon Campus, Sri Lanka
Further information can be obtained by visiting www.horioncampus.edu.lk, by contacting us on following numbers: 0114 365 555, 0716 623 623, 0716 613 613 or by visiting Horizon Campus at Malabe.

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